Food Find | Smashburger Opens in Springfield IL & Coupon

Windy City Smashburger Smashfries

Just added to the list of Smashbuger locations is the new Smashburger in Springfield, IL. Located in the Montvale Junction at Chatham Rd. & W Iles Ave, it's quickly becoming Springfield's hot spot for a great burger, gourmet fries and frosty shakes. With competition like greasy spoon cafes, Steak n Shake and flimsy Culver's butter burgers, I have a feeling our family will never look anywhere else ever again for reasonably priced … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Candy Corn M&Ms

white chocolate ice cream

Did you know M&Ms recently created a new flavor? They did and it's good! If you've visited Walmart recently you might have noticed these bright orange bags of the new White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms. They're BIG, they're soft and full of rich white chocolate flavor. Each bag contains a mix of orange, yellow and white supposedly to represent candy corn but I think they would have been a little cuter tri-colored. Being the super … [Read more...]

Avocados for Halloween | Spookamole Recipe

guacamole in a pumpkin

Before I admit this out load, try to hold back your jaw dropping gasps. I'm pretty sure even my good friend Emilie is going to shake her head at this one. I've never tried an avocado before, not even in a guacamole dip. Sure I've seen it in restaurants, even had it make an appearance on my plate at some point but I couldn't get past the green color. However, that's about to end. Thanks to Avocados from Mexico, I got access to some … [Read more...]

Star Wars & Big G Cereals


It's time to fess up because I know I've got some nerdy friends here. Who's a Star Wars fan? It's okay to admit, I promise I won't make fun of you because I've got a little crush on Yoda myself. What's more is my husband and son are huge fans of the movies and both got a little too excited when they found out STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA on Blu-ray Disc hit stores shelves on September 16th. And if that wasn't enough, in honor of the release, … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Dipped Marshmallow Pop Treats

candy corn dipped marshmallow pops

If you've been reading my facebook lately, you'll know that I had to put out an APB for my missing bags of candy corn. Normally, this wouldn't be such a problem except I NEEDED them for these marshmallow pops I was making for the kids. After turning my house upside down, I've just had to accept the fact that someone (or a few little someones) ate them and hid the evidence. Living in a house with a cop and a mom with an eagle eye, they're getting … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Whole Chicken with McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning

slow cooker original chicken mccormick

Whenever I find myself running low on ideas for dinner, which happens quite often, there are two things I turn to. 1. The Slow Cooker (thank you Calphalon for this beautiful kitchen tool). 2. My Spice Cabinet I don't typically consider myself a pack rat or even a collecting junkie but when it comes to spices and seasonings, my cabinet has more of them than you'll find at the supermarket. The majority of those spices come from the … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Big Girl Bed

Kaydee and Emma

A couple of weeks ago we decided on a spur of the moment to upgrade our daughter's to a big girl bed. They're both getting so long, it was just time to put the toddler stuff away. Now we debating for a long time on whether to do bunk beds, two twin beds or one big full bed. Well, these girls are just too close and no matter how much we tried to seperate them, somehow they always ended up cuddled together. So they got a full bed to share. Then … [Read more...]

Mmm Pumpkin Spiced Hot Cocoa Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Hot Cocoa

Late last night I got this unimaginable craving for hot cocoa but not the kind that comes out of a packet with little dehydrated marshmallows. I wanted something more homey instead. Although, I will admit, I love those crunchy little things. It was then I remembered when my older sister would make me hot cocoa on the stove with real cocoa. The kind that is gag worthy should you dip your finger in the powder for a taste test ... not that I'm … [Read more...]